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had bene, if his Lordshyp or any other Noble man had wrytten, requyring to haue had thē, he thought they should not haue bene denied, well sayde he I haue no leasure to wryte, for the prynces is ready to ryde. Then sayde Poyntz, if it shall please your Lordshyp I wyl attende vpon you vnto the next bayting place whiche was Mastright. If you so doo sayde my Lorde, I wyll aduyse my selfe by the waye what to wryte. So Poyntz followed hym from Akonn to Maistright, the whiche are xv. Englyshe myles asunder. And there he caused Poyntz to suppe with hym, and in the mornyng after breakefaste, whyle his Secretarie was directing his letters one to the Lady his wyfe at Bruxels, another to the coūsell there. Another to the company of the Marchauntes aduēturers, with one also to the Lord Crumwell in England, he talked very famyliarlye with the forsaid Pointz of his iourney, and of the company of menne of armes whiche were there with hym, for sayde he, we knowe not whether we ryde amongest our frendes or ennemies. And there he deliuered me his letters. So Poyntz rode from thence to Bruxels, and then and there deliuered to the counsel the letters out of Englande, with also the Lorde of Barrowes letters, and receiued of them aunsweres into Englande of the same by letters, the whiche the sayde Poyntz brought to Andwarpe to the Englyshe marchauntes, who required hym to go with them into Englande. And he very willing to haue maister Tyndall out of pryson, lett not for to take paynes nor losse of tyme in his owne busynes and occupying, but diligently followed with the sayd letters, the whiche he there delyuered to the coūsell, and was commaunded by thē to tary vntyll he hadde other letters, of the whiche he was not dispatched thence in a moneth after. The which beyng delyuered hym, he returned agayne and deliuered them to the Emperours counsel at Bruxels, & there taried for answers of the same. when the sayde Poyntz had taried three or foure dayes, it was tolde hym of one that belonged to the Chauncery, that Maister Tyndall shoulde haue bene deliuered to hym according to the tenor of the letters. 

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A tangled series of events followed Tyndale's arrest. The English merchants at Antwerp were outraged at what they regarded as a violation of their exemption from arrest by the Imperial authorities and protested to the Imperial court at Brussels and to Thomas Cromwell back in England. After initial hesitation, Cromwell succeeded in getting a promise from the Imperial authorities to release Tyndale. At this point, Phillips, fearful for his reward and possibly his safety as well, denounced Thomas Poyntz as a heretic to the Imperial authorities.

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The sayd Henry Phylippes beynge there followed the sute against maister Tyndal. And hearing that he should haue bene deliuered to Poyntz, and so he to haue bene put from his purpose the sayde Philippes knewe none other remedy but to accuse poyntz, saying, þt he was a dweller in the same countrey in the towne of Andwarpe, and there he hadde bene a succourer of the sayde Tyndall, euen of the same opinion. And that it was onely his owne labour and suyte to haue maister Tyndal at lybertie, and and no mans els. where vpō his information and accusation, Poyntz was attached by theProcurour generall, the Emperours attourney, and delyuered in kepynge to two Sargeauntes of armes. And the same euenyng was sent to hym one of the Chauncery with the Procurour generall, and ministered vnto him an othe, that he should truely make aunswere to all suche thynges as shoulde be examyned of the sayde Poyntz, thynkyng they woulde haue hadde no other examynations of hym, but of his message, and the next day they came agayne and hadde hym in examination, and so fyue or syx dayes one after another, vpon not so fewe as an hundreth articles, as well of the kynges affayres as of the message of Tyndal, of his ayders and of Religion, out of the whiche examinations the Procurour generall drewe a declaration of xxiii. or xxiiii. articles, and declared against the said Pointz. The copie whereof he delyuered to hym to make answere thereunto, & he was permitted to haue an Aduocate & Procurour, that is to vnderstand doctor and proctour in the lawe and order taken that daye eyght dayes to delyuer vnto theim hys aunswere, and so from viii dayes to eyght dayes, to proceade til the processe were ended. And also that he should send no messenger to Andwarpe where as hys house was, beyng foure and twenty Englysh myles from Bruxelles, where he was prysoner, nor to any other place, but a Post of the towne of Bruxelles, nor to sende any letters, nor any to be delyuered to hym but wrytten in Dutche 
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I.e., Flemish

, and the Procurour generall, who was partie against hym, to reade them, to peruse, and to examine them throwly contrary to all ryght and equitie, before they were sent or delyuered, nor anye that myght bee suffered to speake or talke wyth Poyntz in anye other tongue or language, excepte onelye in the Dutche tongue, so that hys keepers who were Dutche menne, myghte vnderstande what the contentes of the letters or talke should be, sauinge that at one certayne tyme the Prouynciall of the whyte fryers, came to dynner where Poyntz was prysoner, and brought with hym a younge Nouice, beyng an Englyshe mann, the whiche the Prouinciall after dynner of his owne accorde, dydd bydde to talke with the sayde Poyntz, and so with hym he was lycenced to talke: the purpose and great pollycie therein, was easye to be perceiued. And Poyntz sayde there was betwene hym and the Nouis muche preatye talke, as of Syr Thomas Moore, and the Byshop of Rochester, & of theyr puttyng to death, whose death he seamed greatly to lamente, especially dying in suche a quarell, worthy as he sayde, to be accounted for Martyrs, with other noble doctrine and depe learnyng in diuinitie, for to feede Swyne therwith. Suche blyndnes then in those dayes raygned amongst thē. The viii.

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